Students Traffic Volunteers Scholarship Scheme

A unique scheme for participation of University students in traffic management and education called the Student Traffic Volunteers Scholarship Scheme (STVS Scheme) was conceptualised and initiated by the IRTE in 1999. This was the first ever University students participatory scheme in traffic management in the country.

The aim of STVS scheme is two-fold:

  • To assist the traffic police during peak hours in traffic management and road user education.
  • To give an incentive to volunteering students by way of stipend for performing a valuable and socially important task

From 1999 until 2004 the Scheme was sponsored by Shell India Ltd, Castrol India Ltd & UDV India. Since 2006 the scheme is being generously supported by Hyundai Motor India Ltd.100 University Students support the Traffic Police in educative enforcement. Students work for 3 hours a day, five days a week during peak hours on busy intersections.

The students are selected on the basis of aptitude, financial need, physical fitness enthusiasm and the desire to undertake a social cause. The students undergo a two-week specialized practical as well as classroom training, and are subjected to oral, practical, written and medical tests before being inducted as an STV.

Once trained and inducted, the STVs are required to perform the following tasks:

  • ontrolling traffic at busy intersections under the supervision of traffic police
  • Organising proper parking of vehicles in high activity areas
  • Educating road users about road rules and safe driving
  • Controlling passengers and bus drivers at bus stops to prevent overcrowding and jostling.
  • Monitoring traffic outside schools.
  • Assisting pedestrians, especially children, old and disabled in safe usage of road
  • Conducting surveys for better traffic management

To improve the effectiveness of the STVS scheme, the training and feedback mechanism is under constant review. Interactive sessions are held once a month where STVs and traffic police personnel exchange, modify and reinforce their experiences. On these occasions, outstanding performances, both individual and as a team, are acknowledged and rewarded.